Lawrence Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Community Health Efforts Recognized as Lawrence Advances in Prize Selection Process

LAWRENCE, MA (February 19, 2015)—The good news just keeps coming for Lawrence, which was chosen today as a finalist for the third annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize. As a finalist, Lawrence is one step further to the RWJF Culture of Health Prize which honors only a handful of communities from across the nation whose efforts illustrate an enduring commitment toward building a Culture of Health for all residents.

Selected from more than 340 communities across the country, Lawrence joins just 14 other finalist communities and only one other community from Massachusetts, Everett. The 10 winners will be announced this fall, with a site visit to Lawrence planned for the spring

“Lawrence, MA is excited to have advanced as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community,” said Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera. “We’ve recognized for years that health is about so much more than treating illness. It’s about making sure that everyone has access to the services they need, to safe and affordable housing, to education and to employment, and that’s what drives our commitment to creating a Culture of Health. We can’t wait to showcase Lawrence during the upcoming Robert Wood Johnson site visit.”

Groundwork Lawrence featured by Why Hunger


Manney Sicard, age 37, kept seeing people working in the garden behind his apartment. The lot had been another three-story apartment building like the one he lives in, but it had burned, and the vacant lot had quickly attracted weeds, then shadows, then illegal trash. It was not something worth looking at from Manney’s window.

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Finance & Operations Director

Grant will fund energy from food waste project

By Douglas Moser | Eagle Tribune

A nascent local project to generate electricity from food waste got a $4.4 million boost from the state Monday.

The state Executive office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced on Monday $18.4 million in grants to 13 communities or regional organizations for clean energy technology that would be used to prevent critical infrastructure from becoming disabled during a power failure.

Lawrence Partnership Seeks Executive Director

Job Description:

Full-Time Executive Director for The Lawrence Partnership (with some evening and weekend commitments)


The Lawrence Partnership is a new private-public sector collaboration focused on economic development and the quality of life in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Mayor, state secretary tour Lawrence park projects

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 12:13 am

Courtesy photo, Sam CarsonEEA Secretary Bartlett and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera tour the Spicket River Greenway

Lawrence Partnership hosts launch party

Group shares plans for regional public safety building, revitalized storefronts

Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:30 am

By Lauren DiTullio

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo. Partners of the Lawrence Partnership are called as they are recognized for being a part of the new partnership during the newly formed Lawrence Partnership launch party held at the Everett Mills Event Space in Lawrence on Friday.

Students visit to Lawrence farmers market yields lessons

Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:30 am

By Lauren DiTullio

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera talks as state and local officials tour Lawrence's farmers market on Campagnone Common Yesterday.

Clean sweep along the Spicket River

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:09 am

By Lauren DiTullio

RYAN HUTTON/ Staff photo -- Jaedee Rodriguez, 15, in rear, Melheny Munoz, 15, in blue, and Christian Rios, 15, at left, all of Lawrence, clean brush from the The Spicket River Greenway during the 13th Annual Spicket River Cleanup hosted by Groundwork Lawrence

Greetings from Yellowstone

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 1:25 am

By Terry Date

COURTESY PHOTO Jerver Abrego poses at the volcanic hot springs in Yellowstone. The 24-year-old program coordinator for Groundwork Lawrence cleared trails and painted picnic tables at the national park. He will use what he learned on the trip to lead a cleanup of the Spicket River Saturday.

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